Report Card: The Pub

The Pub at Polaris

The Pub at Polaris

The Pub Polaris on Urbanspoon

http://www.experiencethepub.com/Polaris

Overall GrubGrade B

 

The Breakdown:

Atmosphere:  Grade A-:  Although nothing about the exterior really screams “Irish Pub,” once you’ve entered The Pub, there is no mistaking what type of establishment you’re in.  The décor is about as Irish as you’re going to find in central Ohio, and the server’s uniforms looked authentic (if plaid kilts, which are Scottish, and thigh high stocking make you think of the Emerald Isle).  The Pub was fairly busy, as it was a Saturday evening, but the dining area was well maintained.  We weren’t stacked right on top of other diners, and our table and eating utensils seemed clean.

High marks:  Clean, authentic decor

Low marks:   Kilts from Ireland?

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Service:  Grade B:  Our server, Maura, did a really nice job of taking care of us.  We had no complaints about the service, but nothing about it got us excited either – hence the grade of “B.”  If any of you reading this blog want to know how to get an “A+” in this category, check out our review of Fatz in the next week or so.  Our food was served in a timely fashion, and no mistakes were made with our order.  Maura kept the meal moving along at a good clip, and there was only one occasion where I felt her absence from our table was too prolonged.  We at Grubgraders expect our servers to have a clairvoyant like ability to sense when we need them.  That’s probably a bit unrealistic, but hey, it’s our time and money.

High marks:  Good pace to meal, no mistakes

Low marks:   Nothing exceptional about service

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Food/Spirits:  Grade B:  On to the good stuff, right?  We skipped appetizers on this visit and went straight for drinks and entrees.  Katina started off drinking a Berri Lemonade.  She really enjoyed it and stated that it did indeed taste like lemonade.  For her second drink, she went with a Twist and Shout.  She liked the Twist and Shout better than the Berri Lemonade and thought the Twist and Shout had a nice, tropical flavor.  I stuck with beer on this visit to The Pub.  Normally, this setting would require me to drink Guinness, but to my unexpected pleasure, The Pub had my favorite beer on tap.  What beer is that, you ask?  Well, if you have read our little piece on beer types, then you would know that it’s Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale.  Not only do they have it on tap, but were selling it for about ½ of what The Winking Lizard sells it for.  I was giddy as a school girl.  If you’ve not had one, you simply must rectify that situation.  Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale is smooth, with a slight vanilla undertone and an oaky aftertaste.  You get a hint of bourbon flavor without the burn.  It is simply magnificent.  Once again, we went with burgers, but in our defense we had already visited The Pub prior to my pledge to limit my burger intake for the purpose of this blog.  We both chose something called the Belhaven Burger.  Katina felt her burger was really messy.  It tasted okay, but the cheese sauce was overwhelming and she would have preferred just a slice of cheddar instead of the sauce.  She didn’t feel like her burger was too moist or too dry.  My burger was nice and juicy.  I ordered it medium well, and it came out well done.  Not a big deal since it wasn’t dried out.  I really enjoyed the rosemary seasoning in the burger, but could have done without the large chunks of onion.  I love the flavor of onion, but hate the texture, so I prefer my onions to be finely diced or be absent.  We both elected to try a dessert, mainly because one in particular caught Katina’s eye.  Katina ordered the Jamaican Cheesecake, which was loaded with bananas, caramel, and had an Oreo crust.  For Katina, that translates into yummy, yummy, and more yummy.  I selected something called the Tipsey Laird, which was sautéed berries with fried pound cake.  It was awesome (although the Jamaican Cheesecake was slightly better).  I would describe the Tipsey Laird like eating a thick funnel cake, and I love funnel cakes.

High marks:   Outstanding desserts, great beer at an even better price

Low marks:  Burgers were sloppy and not cooked to order

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Value:  Grade B+:   We actually spent less at The Pub than we initially thought.  Considering the amount of drinks and that we each had a dessert, escaping The Pub spending less than $100 was pretty good.  No doggy bags for us, but we were starved when we arrived and had burgers, so we really didn’t expect any.  The Pub is definitely a good place to hit if you’re looking for a nice relaxed meal with the option of getting your drink on.

High marks:   Great beer price, lots of food for the money

Low marks:   Better burgers would have sealed a grade of “A” in this case

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